Kitui Speaker speaks on rumoured wrangles between MCAs, executive committee
Kitui Speaker Kevin Kinengo Katisya has cleared the air on rumoured wrangles between the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) and the County Executive Committee Members (CECMs).
Speaking at Kairungu Primary School, Kiomo Kyethani ward, where he attended a talent show competition event spearheaded by the area MCA, Kinengo stated that there were no plans to sabotage the executive committee as alleged by a section of leaders and locals in the county.
The accusations emerged after a vetting exercise for the members nominated to the executive committee failed to take place on November 24, 2022.
While dispelling the rumours, Kinengo quoted a letter from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) that was received in his office on November 18, 2022, directing Assemblies not to approve nominees for an appointment without being cleared by the same commission through the integrity vetting process.
"Following the letter from EACC, the House postponed the approval hearings for persons nominated for appointment as County Executive Committee Members until further notice," Kinengo stated.
"I have also written to the respective Universities seeking the authenticity of the nominee’s degree certificates," he added.
Kiomo Kyethani ward MCA, Antony Musyoka also echoed the Speaker's sentiments stating that the county leadership was united and aimed at delivering to electorates.
Local residents decried the situation noting that the exercise may have been halted due to a motion tabled before the county assembly.
"We saw Kitui Minority leader Alex Nganga table a motion stating that the Governor had gone against the county assembly regulations and that he (the governor) should have presented the nominees before 21 days elapse after swearing in of MCAS," one Antony Mwendwa of the Mwingi youths chair stated noting that this might have led to the halt of the exercise which Kitui locals had anticipated.
"The delay tactics will also delay development to locals, the CECMs should have been vetted by the assembly by now," Mwendwa added.